Canterbury Christ Church University - BSc Child Nursing

Canterbury Christ Church University

BSc Child Nursing

As a children's nurse you'll care for children and their families, placing their wellbeing at the centre of everything you do.

On our Child Nursing course, you'll spend 50% of your time at university and 50% of your time in placements across a variety of settings, including hospitals, schools and in the community. You'll learn how to care for infants, children, young people and their families in a holistic manner.

On successful completion of all components, you'll be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Entry Requirements

GCSE English language and mathematics grades A-C / 4-9 or equivalent. Functional Skills Level 2 accepted.

A typical offer would be BBC at A2 Level, or equivalent

Overseas Students - all must attend for interview (no Skype). If English is not your first language you require IELTS overall score of 7, with scores of at least 7 in reading, listening and speaking, and at least 6.5 in writing.

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview, and are subject to a satisfactory reference, health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Career Prospects

The course offers a good foundation to enter a career in children’s nursing in a variety of settings. Our students find jobs locally and nationally on children’s wards, children’s hospitals, Neonatal Intensive Care Units, short breaks and hospice services, community services and research. Further study could lead to opportunities in management and leadership roles.

Additionally, on successful completion of the course there are opportunities within the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing to progress onto postgraduate study, such as Specialist Community and Public Health Nursing and MSc or PhD studies.

Course Details

Throughout the course, you'll gain skills to assess and care for children and young people who have a wide variety of healthcare needs and you'll learn about the importance of family centred care. You'll also develop the skills and knowledge you need to become a leader in the child nursing profession and to contribute to service improvement.

You'll explore areas including:

  • health promotion
  • clinical skills
  • person-centred care
  • evidence-based practice
  • interprofessional working.

You'll have the opportunity to learn from children/young people and their families who either come into the University as part of the teaching, or who you'll meet during your practice placements.

Real life scenarios will be used within some sessions so you can discuss and share your thoughts and learning within a safe and confidential environment.

All the lecturers who facilitate your learning are children’s nurses from a variety of different specialist backgrounds within children’s nursing.

You'll experience a wide range of practice placements and will work within a children’s ward, children’s assessment unit or children’s A&E department.

You'll also have the opportunity to work interprofessionally with departments that also care for children and families, such as theatres, outpatients and special care baby units.

During your community-based placements you'll experience the wide range of services available to children and their families.

By the end of the course, you'll have developed a strong understanding of a wide range of health issues that children and young people may face and how to deal with them effectively, to intervene quickly or early enough to reduce the chances of future health problems. 

Year 1

Child Nursing Practice Learning 1
Child Clinical Supervision and Professional Development 1
Principles of Children’s Nursing
Fundamentals of Children’s and Young People’s Nursing
Foundations of Public Health and Health Promotion in Children’s and Young People’s Nursing

Year 2

Child Nursing Practice Learning 2
Child Clinical Supervision and Professional Development 2
Care of the Child/Young Person with Lifelong Healthcare Needs
Care of the Child/Young Person with Life Limiting/Life Threatening Conditions
Nursing the Acutely Unwell Infant/Child/Young Person

Year 3

Child Nursing Practice Learning 3
Child Clinical Supervision and Professional Development 3
Child Clinical Supervision and Professional Development 3
Care of the critically ill and/or the technology dependent neonate/child/young person
Critical Review of Practice

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